The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. So far, the virus has claimed 594,496 American lives — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.
In the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area, which covers parts of Virginia and North Carolina, a total of 2,105 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 122 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.
Though deaths attributable to the virus are less common across the metro area than they are nationwide, this is not the case in some parts of the city.
The broader Virginia Beach metro area comprises 16 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Suffolk, an independent city, has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Suffolk stands at 214 for every 100,000 people.
Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metro area, Suffolk ranks among the middle 50% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.
All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 14, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths||Confirmed cases per 100,000 people||Total confirmed cases|
|1||Suffolk City, VA||214.2||191||8,967||7,995|
|2||Portsmouth City, VA||210.9||201||9,609||9,158|
|3||Isle of Wight County, VA||192.5||70||8,718||3,171|
|4||Poquoson City, VA||141.2||17||7,442||896|
|5||Mathews County, VA||136.4||12||6,810||599|
|6||Hampton City, VA||132.8||180||7,882||10,687|
|7||Gloucester County, VA||131.9||49||6,084||2,261|
|8||Newport News City, VA||130.5||235||7,917||14,262|
|9||Chesapeake City, VA||127.4||303||8,899||21,163|
|10||Gates County, NC||112.4||13||6,469||748|
|11||Norfolk City, VA||108.7||267||7,312||17,957|
|12||James City County, VA||97.1||72||6,280||4,657|
|13||Virginia Beach City, VA||91.3||411||8,059||36,277|
|14||Williamsburg City, VA||87.9||13||5,214||771|
|15||York County, VA||81.4||55||5,606||3,789|
|16||Currituck County, NC||62.0||16||6,102||1,574|